Hackers and scammers appear relentless in attacking the nascent crypto sector after conducting numeral attacks last year. In the New Year’s first attack, hackers stole more than $173,000 from RTFKT COO Nikhil Gopalani.
Hey Clone X community – I was hacked by a clever Phisher (same phone # as apple ID) & sold all my clone x / some other nfts… Obviously pretty upset and hurt by this and I havent really been able to move all day. Hope people who bought my clones love them (being positive)
— Nikhil Gopalani (@Nikgopalani) January 3, 2023
In a January 3 blog post, Nikhil Gopalani, the Chief Operation Officer at RTFKT, confirmed that hackers breached his crypto wallet, stealing more than $173,000 in the first phishing attacks this new year.
Scammers Stole $173K From RTFKT COO
RTFKT is a digital assets incubation studio and a sports apparel brand Nike subsidiary. RTFKT is a massively profitable next-gen crypto brand acquired by Nike in December 2021, making the digital wearable space created content with artist Takashi Murakami.
According to thorough investigations, hackers used two wallets to drain over $173,000 worth of NFTs from Nikhil Gopalani’s wallet, including 19 CloneX NFTs worth over $138,000 combined, 18 RTKFT Space Pods (over $6,300 total), 17 Loot Pods ($6,200), 11 CryptoKicks ($3,000), and 19 RTFKT Animus Eggs ($20,200).
At the time of writing, one of the attackers’ wallets now appears empty, while the other still holds many of the COO’s digital assets in public view. While commenting about how the phishing attack occurred, Samuel Cardilo, the CTO of RTFKT, remarked:
“For legal purposes, we won’t be able to go into deeper details until further notice. “All I can say is: be aware that companies such as Microsoft, and Apple, will never ask you for your password, your private key, nor any other forms of private information via phone or emails.”
Hackers Stole Millions In Crypto &NFTs In 2022
In the past few years, scammers have remained persistent in attacking the crypto space, with the recent Kaspersky report unmasking how hackers were using more than 500 fake websites to lure investors.
According to Kaspersky, hackers have stolen more than $1.2 billion in cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens since 2017. Based on the Elliptic report, scammers had stolen more than $100 million in NFTs as of July 2022.
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